How’d I Do in 2013?

Before I start talking about the new year, which will include a discussion on the future of my blog, I want to re-cap my 2013 resolutions. I set out last year as a newly married woman to accomplish a few small goals for myself.

2013 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Blog more about current world issues to raise awareness.
2. Potty-train our little girl – Suruchi the puppy.
3. Make new friends.
4. Craft.
5. Begin writing a novel.
6. Pack my lunch each day and donate lunch money to a hunger ministry.
7. Go to Thailand.
8. Finish praying through “Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation”

And, I did so-so…

1. Blog more about current world issues to raise awareness.
Throughout the year, I posted several times about the issues that touch my heart – human trafficking, feminism, adoption, religion…just to name a few. I always want my blog to be about something more than just myself and what goes on in my small world.

2. Potty-train our little girl – Suruchi the puppy.
I can successfully say, that after several attempts and getting a kennel, Suruchi is potty-trained! So proud of our pup. She still has accidents sometimes, but those are her humans’ fault as much as they are her own. Suruchi has developed an excellent warning system to let us know when she needs out. This makes for a much nicer home!

3. Make new friends.
Eh…I’m not so good at this one. I’m an anxiety-filled-introvert with a very busy scheduled and too many times I let that get in the way of initiating friendships…That and the comfort of my couch and television after a hard days work. There are relationships in my life that have great potential for developing into friendships. (I guess I can call that step #1). But as far as securing those strong friendships, I haven’t done it yet.

4. Craft.
I did make this lovely sign for our master bedroom.

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Chris and I sanded and stained our dresser and two night stands (no photos, sorry). I also, created several really cool graphics design elements for work (kinda-crafty). AND I got my very own sewing machine for Christmas! Not as much crafting as I’d like, but I’ll take it.

5. Begin writing a novel.
YES! I started writing my first (officially second, or third, maybe fourth) novel! I completed my goal. The only problem…shortly after I completed my goal of starting, I felt accomplished in finishing that goal and haven’t done much with it since.

I have a problem with follow-through, particularly when it comes to writing. I’m sure you’ve noticed it on the blog. It’s terribly embarrassing. I like to think that no one else notices. Trust me, I notice. And it drives me crazy. I can’t ignore my job, I also can’t ignore my school work. Neither can I ignore my volunteer committements. Yet, I can ignore my writing. I seem to take advantage of this.

6. Pack my lunch each day and donate lunch money to a hunger ministry.
This goal was not accomplished to the fullest. I did succeed in packing my lunch for work each day. When we moved, I started coming home for lunch each day. My husband and I only went out to eat for business lunches. And we were very good at saving money by eating in for this meal each day. But, we did not give our lunch money to a hunger ministry. This year, we did give to various charities, but a hunger fund was not one of them.

7. Go to Thailand.
Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to Thailand this year. Instead, my husband and I traveled to Arkansas and spent the weekend in a snow covered log cabin for my birthday. In the fall, I went to Washington D.C. for a work conference, then Chris and I stayed a week later to visit family. For Christmas/First Anniversary we cruised to Key West, Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas. It was, however, a great travel year. Maybe, I’ll see you in 2014 Thailand!

8. Finish praying through “Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation”
Of all my resolutions, I’d say I failed at this most. It’s been a tough year for my spiritually. Lots of my prayers turned from lifting others up to grief and confusion. I seemed to have lost a little of my spark to ignite prayer for the nations. And that hurts. It’s not that I’ve forgotten, but that I’ve been so wrapped up in my own troubles. This year has been more about me getting my act together as a wife and a new professional, two things I still don’t understand.

This is the most disappointing resolution as well. I didn’t meet my goal. And I missed out. I missed out on letting God work in my heart. I missed out on those conversations with Him. I didn’t make time for seeking the Lord’s will on the behalf of others in need. Instead, I made a lot of time for me.

That last statement sums up my year pretty well. I made a lot of time for me. I made a lot of time for making myself into what I was supposed to be in this world. I lost a small sense of myself. A huge sense of my King. I let pride and greed and selfish desires get in the way of relationships with the ones I love most. Frankly, I made quite the mess of 2013.

Thankfully, there is grace and mercy that flows from the heart of Jesus. It has also been extended to me by others in my life when I have needed it most. Redemption is offered by the Prince of Peace. His mercies are new every morning. With a new year comes a new chance to begin again. And I’m ready to embrace it.

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